IN PHOTOS: Dance Boys
Boys have made a big impact for teams competing this year in high school dance. PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTOS by J. Brian Monihan
Even though dance is still predominately a female sport at the high school level, over the last few years it appears that this may be changing.
What used to be the occasional dance team with one boy performing, at this years Oregon High School Dance Championships, 10 of the 33 teams competing on Friday included one or more boys as part of their team.
Also changing is the excitement level that always notches up when a team with a boy takes their position on the floor. Part of dance team culture is to always cheer loudly for other dancers. But theres something about a boy dancing that suddenly makes the cheering change to screaming with the volume increasing by two-fold. And for some boy dancers, its almost like rock-star status.
With their strong leaps and ability to lift other dancers, teams are utilizing boy dancers to their advantage. And many boys have earned lead roles in their teams dance performances especially for teams competing in the Show Division where dance performances take on a more theatrical bent.
And if you think this interest is limited to urban schools, think again. Rural high schools like Bandon, Scappoose, Canby, Banks and Amity all boast boy dancers with several schools featuring three or more.
The Oregon State High School Dance and Drill Championships were held March 18-21 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.